This Canadian folk singer finally found a way to U.S. radio with “Wondering Where the Lions Are” in 1979, reaching number 21 on the pop charts. By the late ’70s, Cockburn had been changing his music to meet the times. Tired of the quiet, fingerpicking approach, he explored third-world rhythms, added synthesizer, solid drums, and matched them with his spiritual and political concerns.
Bruce Cockburn‘s voice surprisingly has always sounded natural in all these different contexts and he would only get better throughout the ’80s. But it’s here where the seeds were planted. Tracks such as “Creation Dream” and “Northern Lights” benefit from his open-minded approach.
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